A Comfortable, Pain-Free Wisdom Tooth Extraction Experience
Wisdom teeth extraction can induce fear in many people. At Summit Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we pledge to give you a painless and calm experience. We seek to reduce the anxiety of our patients over having their wisdom teeth removed. We believe the wisdom tooth extraction process doesn’t have to be scary.
Taking the First Step
Leaving impacted wisdom teeth can lead to a few problems, such as:
• Tooth crowding
• Damage to your other teeth
Typical issues with wisdom teeth appear between the ages of 15 and 25, but having your teeth checked at any age each year is essential. With a simple exam, we can determine if a patient will have wisdom tooth problems, and require wisdom teeth removal either now or in the future.
During and After
Once you’ve made the decision for wisdom tooth extraction, you’ll experience great care from the compassionate Summit Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery team. We’re dedicated to keeping you comfortable and calm by doing the following:
• Providing medication to alleviate pain and swelling
• Offering sedation options to make you as comfortable as possible
• Providing you with post-care instructions to help you heal quickly
We have an accredited status with the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, meaning our surgeons and facilities are of hospital quality. You can rest assured that your pre- and post-care following your wisdom teeth extraction will be of utmost importance. Once your surgery is complete, we’ll send you on your way with these guidelines:
• Stay hydrated
• Eat only soft foods without a straw
• Change gauze regularly
• Ice the area
• Limit any physical activity
Following these instructions can help your body recover quickly and get you back to your regular schedule.
Contact us today at one of our offices in Warren, Rochester Hills, Grosse Point, Clinton Township or Romeo / Washington Michigan to start the journey great oral health. We’re here to make your wisdom tooth removal the best that it can be. Call our office at 586-755-9340 or schedule your appointment online. We look forward to helping you!
The average adult has 16 teeth on top and 16 on the bottom by the time they are 18. All 32 teeth have their own specific function and name. The front teeth are used for biting and grasping food and the back teeth, or molars, are used to grind food into a substance that the body can swallow. Because the average mouth is designed to hold only 28 teeth, those four extra teeth can create pain and problems when they decide to come in. These teeth are the third set of molars and are called wisdom teeth.
Do My Wisdom Teeth Have to Be Removed?
If your wisdom teeth come through the gums and aligned with the rest of the teeth healthily, then you may be able to keep them. It’s more likely that the wisdom teeth are unable to properly erupt from the gums, they grow sideways or stay trapped under the bone and gums. That’s when a wisdom tooth extraction procedure in Grosse Pointe MI is necessary.
If the wisdom teeth remain in the mouth in these situations, they can cause infection, as the bacteria has an opening in the gums directly to the teeth. This leads to stiffness, illness, swelling and pain. As the teeth try to erupt through the gums, they may also move the existing teeth and disrupt the natural or orthodontic alignment of your teeth. In the worst-case scenario, cysts and tumors can form around impacted wisdom teeth and destroy the healthy teeth and the jawbone.
Regular Examinations Can Spot Possible Issues With Wisdom Teeth
At Summit Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we understand that your time and comfort are important to you. We value your time by using efficient, simple examination procedures and can provide you with oral comfort if your wisdom teeth are causing you pain or issue. Visit our wisdom teeth extraction clinic in Clinton Township, MI, and we will work around your schedule.
The Issue of “Third Molars”
Your third set of molars are called wisdom teeth because they appear during human maturity. If there is room for them, they erupt without issue. However, any of the following can occur if there isn’t enough room and these teeth take a wrong turn.
• Cyst formation
• Damage to nearby teeth
What to Expect During and After Extraction
Extraction for teeth is one of those procedures that typically happens just once in a person’s lifetime. That means you might not know what to expect when you walk into our Clinton Township office. The most important part of the procedure to understand is that the amount of sedatives and painkillers used means you must have a driver at least 18 years old who can take you home. Here are some of the tips you’ll be given for post-extraction recovery.
• Stay elevated
• Change gauze every 30 to 40 minutes
• Stay hydrated
• Avoid solid foods
• Ice is your best friend
Stages of Recovery
Even after the post-operative pain is gone, there are small recovery milestones you will experience over the next few weeks. Over a period of five days, your stiches will dissolve which means you don’t have to come back to have them removed. Finally, the socket left after removing your tooth leaves a hole that will fill up over four to six weeks.
A Safe, Pain-Free Extraction
At Summit Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery®, we have the experience and the tools necessary to perform a wisdom tooth extraction procedure with minimal recovery time and pain. We’ll give you the knowledge necessary to prepare and minimize risks and ensure you are comfortable. Contact us at one of our wisdom teeth extraction clinics today to schedule an appointment. You can also request an appointment online here.